Accessing sqlserver instance with CommandLine

Working with local SQLServer can sometimes be challenging, if you don’t have any tools, to access a database. For administrational reasons it could be helpful, to gain access to SQL Server you can simply use the commandline cmd.exe or powershell tools. This is nothing new, but I think, it is not so common.

So, to start open up cmd.exe and type for example

sqlcmd -S (localdb)\v11.0 -E

This command opens (-S) a trusted (-E) connection to you local instance of a SQLLocalDB 2012. Note: this command ist case sensitive.

Than cmd prompt for further commands “1>”. Here you can type T-SQL statements like

exec sp_databases
GO

This prompts for a Terminator for example (GO + <Enter-Key>).

After this your SQL Server instance runs this command and results with a number of databases, that are attached.

If you like to know more about read here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms162773.aspx

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